The Pittsburgh Penguins have been there and done that when it comes to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Nashville Predators, not so much. It sure looked like that in Monday's Game 1, as Jake Guentzel scored the game-winner in Pittsburgh's 5-3 home victory over Nashville. The rookie's goal came with 3:17 left in regulation after the Penguins blew a 3-0 lead that they put together in the first period. After building that advantage, the defending champs were outshot 26-12 and went 37 minutes without a shot on goal. They got things together in the final 20 minutes, as Guentzel ended an eight-game goalless drought of his own with the big tally. Nick Bonino added an empty-netter for his second goal of the game to secure the win. Sidney Crosby had two assists, while Connor Sheary and Evgeni Malkin both scored early to jump ahead of the Predators in their first Stanley Cup Final contest. Matt Murray had 23 saves on the night, getting the Game-1 nod over the veteran net-minder Marc-Andre Fleury. Ryan Ellis, Colton Sissons, and Frederick Gaudreau all scored for Nashville, who had an early P.K. Subban goal waved off due to the play being offsides. The Predators will look to even the series before heading home, as Game 2 will take place on Wednesday night.
Price Debuts, Red Sox Fall to White Sox
David Price made his long-awaited return to the field for the Boston Red Sox on Monday afternoon, but it unfortunately came in a losing effort. Price gave up just two hits, including a three-run home run to Melky Cabrera, while also walking two, hitting two batters, and striking out four in a 5-4 Red Sox loss. Cabrera drove in four on the day, including the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the seventh. Despite the tough outing, Price was in line for the win until Kevan Smith tied the game at four with an RBI double. The left-hander threw 88 pitches over five innings in his return from injury. Mookie Betts homered in the loss for Boston, who has dropped two in a row after a six-game win streak. David Robertson secured the win for Chicago by shutting things down in the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances. The White Sox have now won four of their past five games, three of which came over the weekend against the Detroit Tigers. Game 2 of this series may be even more intriguing, as it will feature the return of Chris Sale to Chicago to face his former team Tuesday night.
Orioles Snap Losing Streak with Memorial Day Win
The Baltimore Orioles' long, brutal road trip ended just in time for the Memorial Day holiday, as they found a way to snap their seven-game losing streak. The O's got a solid performance from Dylan Bundy in a 3-2 win over the first-place New York Yankees on Monday afternoon. Bundy allowed just two runs over seven innings, while getting help from a big two-run double off the bat of Jonathan Schoop. The Orioles fell behind the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees into third place in the AL East with their slide, which included a loss to Toronto, and consecutive three-game sweeps against Minnesota and Houston. Bundy's success continued at Camden Yards as he improved to 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA in six home starts this season. He improved to 6-3 overall on the year and struck out three with just one walk against New York. He did surrender a solo shot to rookie Aaron Judge, which was Judge's major-league leading 17th big fly of the season. Rookie Jordan Montgomery suffered his fourth loss for the Yankees after allowing three runs on eight hits in just 4.1 innings. The series continues in Baltimore on Tuesday night.